Thursday 21 September 2017

Assault suspect caught 'red-handed' at scene where man died - court told

Paul Gill from Sarto Road, Naas pictured leaving Naas courthouse after he was remanded in custody until Thursday next, on a charge of assault causing harm. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Paul Gill from Sarto Road, Naas pictured leaving Naas courthouse after he was remanded in custody until Thursday next, on a charge of assault causing harm. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Paul Gill from Sarto Road, Naas pictured leaving Naas courthouse after he was remanded in custody until Thursday next, on a charge of assault causing harm. Pic Frank Mc Grath

Robin Schiller

A 35-year-old man has appeared in court charged by Gardai investigating the death of a homeless man in Co Kildare on Saturday night.

Paul Gill, of Sarto Road, Naas appeared before a special sitting of Naas District Court this morning charged with Section 3 of the offences against the person act.

Objecting to bail, Detective Garda Enda Coleman told the court that "more serious charges" are being brought against Mr Gill "in the future".

Detective Coleman outlined the serious nature of the charge against the defendant, which carries a sentence of up to five years imprisonment on conviction.

The accused was charged on Sunday evening at 7:54pm at Naas Garda station.

The court also heard that gardai had taken several witnesses statements which allege that the accused punched the victim, 58-year-old Patsy Kelly, while he was standing up, and also kicked him while he was lying on the floor after the initial punch.

Patsy Kelly who died after an assault in Naas
Patsy Kelly who died after an assault in Naas

Detective Gardai Coleman also stated that Mr Gill "admitted to punching the deceased while standing up, and also hitting him while on the ground".

Mr Kelly was found "unresponsive" at the scene, and Gardai outlined in court that the accused was caught "red-handed".

Paul Gill from Sarto Road, Naas pictured leaving Naas courthouse after he was remanded in custody until Thursday next, on a charge of assault causing harm. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Paul Gill from Sarto Road, Naas pictured leaving Naas courthouse after he was remanded in custody until Thursday next, on a charge of assault causing harm. Pic Frank Mc Grath

Judge Patrick Clyne set bail at €10,000, with €5,000 of the money being comprised of a cash lodgement, while a further €5,000 was to be paid in the form of an independent surety.

As part of his bail conditions, Mr Gill is to reside at an alternative address given to Gardai, stay out of Naas apart from court appearances and solicitor appointments and to not have any contact with witnesses in the case.

The accused is also required to give a mobile phone to number to Gardai and switch on his GPS system to allow Gardai to know his whereabouts at all times.

Mr Gill was remanded in custody and will appear before Cloverhill Court  Thursday at 10am to allow gardai to verify the €5,000 independent surety as part of his bail conditions.

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